As part of our work with Sankalpa Rural Development Society we are currently involved in a very interesting challenge being run by ideo.org and funded and supported by water.org. This ‘challenge’ is about water and sanitation solutions in India and is currently in the evaluation phase. We have been assisting SRDS with the submission and the updates and collaboration in the challenge progress.
Most of the submissions have been about how to offer clean water and how to provide effective sanitation to low income households – our work is much more related to actually providing water itself.. but if you have no water, you cannot filter it and if you have no water you cannot use any sort of conventional toilet system. So we have offered our work to the challenge (see this link) and in the process of developing our submission have realised that collaboration and cooperation with other organisations who are offering diverse solutions is of most importance.
This video relates to how we may collaborate .. if our submission is successful we will do our best to establish these centres in the areas where we are working – with the intention that the idea catches on and that the villages where the Water Management Centres take hold will become models for other areas and villages to replicate.
Here is the idea – if you have any comments or suggestions on how we may improve or implement this please connect with us as we would love to hear your feedback.
We will keep you posted on updates to the challenge as the results come through. In the meantime the work with SRDS is progressing as we are assisting them to continue their excellent work with rain water harvesting – it is a difficult time in India – with many villages totally devoid of water and being dependent on water tankers – a good monsoon is predicted. Lets hope the weather men are right this year.
We celebrate World Water Day as a day when we can shout from the rooftop that it is time to look to our water and to remember that water is sacred. But at this time of overpopulation and changing weather patterns, World Water Day needs to be every day, for without water – we will cease to exist.
Our farms will dry up and blow away in the wind, our cattle will perish and our lands become worthless.
We cannot imagine a world without water – it is the source of our lives and the lifeblood of the Mother Earth. And yet we treat it as if there is a never ending supply. We waste it, throw our garbage in it, and allow it to flow into the sea without check during the rains.
Many say that the next world wars will be fought over water. And already we see signs of this in our own communities.
As climate change looms, and the weather patterns become more and more erratic we must stop viewing water as a resource and begin understanding that it is time to give back.
What does that mean to give back?
It means harvesting the rain as it falls, and channeling it back into the earth to be stored in the natural earth tanks – the aquifers.
It means respecting our water ways – cleaning our rivers and ponds and ensuring that contaminants no longer find their way into the precious water.
It means returning to the understanding that water is sacred – as we use it in all of our ceremonies whatever faith we follow – let us bring that honouring of our water back into our daily lives.
Turn off the tap
Repair the drips
Don’t let that tank overflow
Catch the rainfall
Channel our grey water onto our gardens
Keep our sewer water out of our water ways and aquifers
Teach our children to respect water
Wake up and see the water as our life
It is time that all people understand the importance of water – and our individual responsibility to care for it.
In this critical time everyone must keep every day as World Water Day.